by Contributor

(Nov. 23, 2021) — Property firms and NYC moving companies have reported a surge in the number of people who have fled the city and state as a whole in the past decade, with the state emerging top in the country when it comes to states with the highest number of outbound moves.

In 2020 alone, 3.57 million people left the city in the period between January 1 and December 7, according to data from Unacast, as the city grappled with being the country’s epicenter for the COVID-19 pandemic.

While the global health crisis did contribute to the exodus, the reasons for the mass movement out of the state are varied.

The notorious high cost of living is always a factor for a good deal of people leaving the Big Apple, as is the need for sunnier climes especially amongst our senior counterparts.

As well, before the pandemic interrupted the economy, the search for new jobs has always been one of the key drivers many people left the city in search of alternatives.

It is not all doom and gloom in The City of Dreams, however.

A significant portion of the exodus has been courtesy of an aging population, with more and more NYC boomers opting for quieter, slower-paced settings in which to spend their sunset years. A younger population is moving in to take their place, so it’s been more of a shift in the demographics.

That said, what are some of the best cities to relocate if you’re planning a move out of New York City? Well, that will depend on individual reasons.

Seattle, Washington

If you’re one of the many leaving NYC in search of a better job and to further your career, Seattle is a great destination to consider. In fact, Washington as a whole is one of the states absorbing some of the highest traffic coming out of New York.

The influx into Seattle has soared over the years due to the high number of jobs on offer that cannot be satisfied by the locals alone, with some of the world’s top companies pitching up tent in the city.

For example, the likes of Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks have their HQs in Seattle.

Austin, Texas

The bustling nature of NYC is one of the reasons many New Yorkers opt to stay put in their beloved city. If you’re looking for a more affordable city, but one that has plenty going on for itself on the entertainment front, Austin is no slouch.

In fact, this is one of the most preferred cities by people coming out of New York to Texas, and for good reason. The weather is great (if you prefer warm and sunny), nightlife is ace and entertainment options abound. The cuisine is up there, and this is no small city either.

You get all the benefits of living in a big bubbly city, minus the high costs associated with NYC.

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Minneapolis is another excellent city to consider when moving out of NYC. That’s particularly the case if you’re looking for a city with an ambience, culture and architecture not too far removed from the Big Apple’s.

There’s a reason the city is called the Mini Apple, you know…

With an abundance of restaurants, nightclub and entertainment venues, live theater, art galleries and museums, Minneapolis should offer a more seamless transition if you feel bad about leaving NYC.

Tampa, Florida

Florida is one of the most visited states in the country, and a lot of it has to do with its sunny weather all year round.

If the prospect of living in The Sunshine State has long appealed to you, consider Tampa. The city of almost 400,000 residents has plenty of good neighborhoods that shelter you from the influx of tourists who flock the entire state on an annual basis.

Cincinnati, Ohio

Columbus and Cleveland may hog the limelight, but their third C-sibling may very well be the best place to put down roots in Ohio.

Plenty of job opportunities and affordable home costs characterize Cincinnati. And while the city of 300,000 residents has a higher cost of living compared to Austin, housing is nowhere near as expensive as New York City.

As one of the best cities in America to find a job, there’s more than one reason to consider packing your bags and moving to Cincinnati.

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